Broadway Bank announces new Market Managers


A_Lara-2013Amanda Tomlinson Lara has been selected as the new market manager for the Boerne Banking Center. Previously, Amanda was the market manager at our Downtown Banking Center located in the Metropolitan Methodist Gateway Building. Amanda currently serves as a board member of the Downtown Rotary Club. She has also served on the boards of Child Advocates of San Antonio and San Antonio Kids Exchange. Additionally, she has chaired the Providence High School Gala and co-chaired the Broadway Bank United Way campaign. Amanda has 20 years of banking experience.

G_Rodriguez-Elliott-2013Grace Rodriguez-Elliott has been named market manager at Broadway Bank’s Downtown Banking Center. Prior to moving to the downtown location, Grace was the market manager of our West Commerce Banking Center for six years. Grace serves on the board of the Westside Family YMCA and is vice-chair of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Westside Development Corporation and the Lupus Foundation of South Central Texas.

SONY DSCBrenda Hemberger has accepted the position of market manager at the West Commerce Banking Center. Prior to this position, Brenda was the market manager at our Potranco Village Banking Center. Brenda plays a key role in assisting various organizations, including Haven for Hope, American Diabetes Association, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and St. Paul School Festival organizations.

J_Carpenter-2013Jill Carpenter has accepted the position of market manager of our Schertz Banking Center. Previously, Jill served as the market manager of our Fort Sam Houston Banking Center. Jill has been involved with the Healthcare Business Women’s Association, and has served as a board member of the Alamo City Cancer Council, the Association of the United States Army and the Preservation of Historic Fort Sam Houston.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly rated Bank operates 38 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at for more information.

Chairman’s Reflection on 2013

Rollins_Brad-Chairman lgAs the 2013 Chairman of the Board, I want to extend my appreciation to the North San Antonio Chamber and Lead SA Board of Directors, our volunteers, members and Chamber staff for your support, involvement and accomplishments this year.

Over the last year, our volunteers and staff collaborated to: increase visibility and promote commerce among our members; deliver best in class leadership and professional development programs; recognize outstanding business leaders; and hear your voice on important issues affecting San Antonio.

Promoting Your Business, Promoting Commerce
At the beginning of 2013, I called upon our member businesses to Buy Local – Buy North Chamber – and commit to doing business with a fellow member. To support that effort, the North Chamber has implemented a number of strategies to help you get noticed.

Through the Chamber’s website and social platforms, members had the opportunity to increase their online presence and improve their visibility among fellow members and the community. We now offer improved web services like: enhanced online directory listings, special offers, and the inclusion of links to member social profiles. Additionally, chamber staff received and posted nearly 4,500 member news items across our social platforms and blog – creating thousands of impressions for our member businesses.

And, we launched yet another tool to help you operate your business. Our new Job Bank went live in October, and has already seen an abundance of listings and activity. The Job Bank is a free community resource and no cost to members to post job opportunities.

I’m proud to announce special recognition the North Chamber received at the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives conference this past summer. Two Chamber staff members earned 20-year Tenure Awards – congratulations to Chris Bugg and Marilyn White for their many years of dedication to our membership and the community. Additionally, the North SA Chamber website, marketing and social media programs were recognized with Media Excellence awards.

Leadership & Professional Development
The North Chamber worked diligently to engage our emerging leaders and millennial workforce through a number of programs – primarily, Leadership Lab. The number one priority for area businesses is an educated and prepared workforce. Our nine-month leadership academy, Leadership Lab, is the centerpiece of our effort to respond to that need.

This year, the program surpassed 2012’s record-breaking class registration with 79 Lab participants – the largest graduating class to date. Lab participants heard from many local thought leaders and explored topics including self-awareness and leadership style, ethics, high-performance, communication, negotiation and change, community and leadership in action.

As we all operate in the digital age, the North SA Chamber is committed to educating business and bringing our members into the world of social media. Through our quarterly How 2 Series and our newest program – Social U, we are helping businesses replace concerns about social media with information to undertake and implement interactive marketing techniques.

Finally, the North Chamber has distinguished our programming with events designed to meet the specialized needs of financial, technology, construction and facilities professionals and our community’s women leaders. You supported and attended several educational events including CFO and CIO Breakfasts, Business Technology Series, the CIO Panel, On the Horizon, SustainAbility Seminars and the Enterprising Women’s Conference.

Honoring Leadership
We know that people make the difference in our companies and our community. And the North Chamber is dedicated to honoring the individuals who are innovating, contributing to our community, achieving in business and leaving a legacy from their life’s work.

In 2013 we honored pediatrician Dr. Dianna Burns-Banks as the Small Business Leader of the Year and CPS Energy for their Small Business Advocacy. Lead SA saluted USAA CEO Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USA Ret. for his transformative leadership and commitment to education with the Governor Dolph Briscoe Excellence Award. We recognized Conceptual MindWorks CEO Elaine Mendoza with the ATHENA Leadership Award, SeeKing HR’s Jennifer Swisher with the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, Susan G. Komen San Antonio with the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, as well as acknowledged many others for their achievements in small business, personal and organizational leadership.

Amplifying Your Voice
Finally, our voice is never stronger than when we speak as one on the issues that affect our businesses and quality of life. Last year, our members had a number of opportunities to be heard before their elected officials at every level.

Members met with U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith at the Spring Chairman’s Council breakfast, and Senator Ted Cruz hosted a small business roundtable at our Chamber headquarters. County Judge Nelson Wolff and Mayor Julián Castro each addressed our members – and guests even got a surprise performance from Indy rock band, Girl in a Coma, as Judge Wolff promoted Bexar County as an ideal venue for an outdoor music festival.

The North Chamber Government Affairs Council partnered with a number of like-minded organizations and chambers to advance a legislative agenda focused on: creating a sustainable, long-term source of revenue for transportation infrastructure funding; restoring funding for public education and tuition revenue bonds for public universities; and diversification of water resources. Locally, the board of directors endorsed: 1) a local supplier ordinance that allows the City of San Antonio to give preference to businesses located in the city; and 2) Texas Constitutional Amendment No. 3 to eliminate the tax levy on aircraft and other manufacturing inventory, and No. 6 implementing the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund.

Furthermore, we partnered with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber to present the Mid-Year Economic Report to our members, and conduct a City Council Meet & Greet with both of our Chamber boards in attendance. My special thanks to North SA Chamber President & CEO Duane Wilson and Hispanic Chamber President Ramiro Cavasos. I’m appreciative of their continued efforts to do the good work of Chambers – promoting economic development and prosperity for our business community.

Keeping Bexar County Strong
As I exit my post as Chairman of the Board, I want to extend to you my sincere thanks for the honor of serving this organization and each of your businesses. We’ve had an incredible year, and I’m grateful to each of you for your membership, involvement and patronage. Our volunteer work is supported by the day-to-day and hands on efforts of the North Chamber staff and the leadership of Duane Wilson. I want to offer special thanks to them for their commitment to our member businesses and the community.

Finally, please join me in welcoming our 2014 board chair, Annie Turner of Wells Fargo. I call on you to continue to support her and the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in all that we endeavor in the New Year. We’re humbled that you have chosen us as your Chamber and we’re here to be a resource to you. Thank you for all you to do keep San Antonio and Bexar County strong.

Sam’s Club invites you to attend December 18 Open House

Sams ClubOn behalf of Sam’s Club, General Manager Chris Vasquez invites you to attend an Open House Event on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Candlewood Suites located at 21103 Encino Commons.

You will have the opportunity to meet the management team for the new location opening soon at 281 N. and Marshall Rd. Sam’s Club will provide snacks and refreshments, and provide information about the products and services offered to you, your business and family.

At Sam’s Club, you’ll find amazing prices on the brands you love. From everyday essentials to special finds, save money and time shopping with Sam’s Club.

Right now, becoming a member is simpler than ever – join during our appreciation event, and you’ll receive an exclusive Sam’s Club offer to start your savings. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sam’s Club #4914
21803 Encino Commons, Suite 103
San Antonio, TX 78259
Phone: (210) 497-3604

Unprecedented expansion plans unveiled for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital

Methodist50thLOGOmethodist childrens hospital logoProject to include two new patient towers, expansion of adult and children’s emergency departments, neonatal ICU expansion and parking garage addition 

Methodist Hospital today announced its largest construction project in its history, which will expand the footprint of the Methodist Hospital campus by 445,000 square feet. Cost for the expansion will exceed $200 million and includes renovations and expansions for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital. Construction begins in 2014 and will continue through 2017.

MH Expansion Site Plan

“With a 50-year track record of as the most preferred hospital in the region, it’s important to continue to meet the needs of our community, our employees, and our physicians,” said Gay Nord, chief executive officer of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital. “Our landmark expansion includes upgrades to substantial areas and services across Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital to include the addition of two new patient towers, expansion of women’s services and neonatal ICU, and expansion of emergency services as well as surgical services.”

“We’ve built a reputation for providing exceptional health care to the people of San Antonio and South Texas,” she continued. “Now it’s time for us to embark on the largest construction project our organization has ever undertaken.”

Highlights of the project include:

Methodist Hospital

  • Expansion of the Methodist Hospital Central Tower with a new entrance making the campus even more convenient for women having babies at Methodist Hospital. More women deliver babies at Methodist Hospital than any other hospital in San Antonio.
  • Expansion of the adult emergency department to 48 treatment rooms.
  • Expansion of the sub-level surgical pre-operating and post-operating areas and an additional nine story parking garage, partially underground, which will allow easy patient access from the parking garage to surgical suites.

Methodist Children’s Hospital

  • Expansion of Methodist Children’s Hospital Emergency Department to 40 beds. Methodist Children’s Hospital has the busiest children’s emergency department in the nation.
  • Addition of a six story patient care tower and new entrance for Methodist Children’s Hospital.
  • Expansion of Methodist Children’s Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), resulting in 94 beds. The hospital currently has one of the largest NICUs in the region.

More than 90 percent of the patient rooms will be all private rooms, for the comfort and convenience of patients and their families.



“Congratulations to Methodist Hospital for its vision in recognizing the changing health care needs of our community and for their continued efforts to meet the challenges of our growing region,” said Ron Nirenberg, City Council representative from District 8. “This investment in our city is not only an economic generator, but also a commitment to excellence in health care for the benefit of San Antonio and South Texas families.” The expansion will increase jobs on the Methodist Hospital campus by eight percent.

Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the pioneer facility in the now world-renowned South Texas Medical Center with 175 beds and a staff of 272. Today, the hospital has 882 beds and employs 3,538 staff members with total annual salaries of $186 million.

Methodist Children’s Hospital opened in 1998 as the only hospital in the region built exclusively for children. It is the most preferred children’s hospital in the region and the largest provider of pediatric health care south of Dallas and west of Houston, serving children throughout south, central and west Texas.

Security Service Federal Credit Union CEO to step down

Security Services Federal Credit UnionThe Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) Board of Directors has announced David E. Reynolds will step down from his position as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 24, 2014. He will be succeeded as CEO by Security Service’s current President, Jim Laffoon.

Reynolds began his credit union career in August 1974 as a Field Examiner and Auditor for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). After nine years with NCUA in positions of increased responsibility, he joined Pentagon Federal Credit Union in 1983 and established the credit union’s first office in San Antonio. Reynolds joined Security Service in March 1986 as Senior Vice President and in August of 1986 he was promoted to Executive Vice President. On May 14, 1997, SSFCU’s Board of Directors selected him for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

ReynoldsUnder Reynolds’ leadership as Chief Executive, the credit union has grown from $330 million with nine branches to an enterprise serving more than 900,000 members with $7.5 billion in assets and 70 branches in Texas, Colorado and Utah. Security Service is now the largest credit union in Texas and San Antonio and the eighth largest in the United States.

During his tenure, the credit union has been the number one credit union indirect auto lender in the nation for over a decade, was an industry leader in adopting online delivery channels for improved member convenience and completed numerous mergers with and acquisitions of troubled credit unions allowing SSFCU to expand service to members and to serve new markets in South Texas, El Paso, Colorado and Utah.

“Under David Reynolds’ leadership, Security Service has expanded the credit union’s reach to serve more members and to provide enhanced products and services to meet their financial needs,” said Jim O’Farrell, SSFCU Chairman of the Board. “He has been committed to ensuring the continued safety and soundness of Security Service while also giving back to the members and the communities where we work and live.”

In addition to his work at SSFCU, Reynolds has served as a member of the Finance Committee and Board of Directors for the Credit Union Direct Lending organization; the National Association of Federal Credit Unions’ Share Insurance, Liquidity and Development Fund Oversight Committee; Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County; the Boards of San Antonio’s CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; and the Advisory Council for the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio.